Last Thursday I graduated with my masters and in the weeks leading up to it, I was excited but it was also bittersweet. As I was getting ready for the ceremony that night, I started reflecting more on my journey and who I am as a learner.
When I was in elementary school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. My fourth grade teacher sparked a light inside me that has never burned out. There is something about the profession that fuels my soul. I love researching new ideas and trying them out…it makes me fall in love with teaching all over again. But most importantly, I love sparking a love for learning in my students.
Last week the girls and I had a discussion about what the natural and physical world meant. After I asked them what do they think they want to learn about from the natural and physical world. Then they both created a list of ideas. Their interests were in the areas of...
Since spring is here and plants are beginning to grow, I decided to start there. So this week we built a seed house.
An education is not a thing one gets, but a lifelong process.
– Gloria Steinem
Lately my mind has been extremely focused on the process of learning. Wednesday night, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across a picture about success and the work we put into being successful.
Now people define success many different ways. But to me, success means stepping out and trying something new. Accomplishing a goal that you set for yourself.
For young kids, tying your shoes is a big accomplishment - but it is also very challenging. Michelle, from Full House, got extremely frustrated trying to learn. She had given up and decided to throw all her shoes with laces out….until her uncle stopped her. They had discussion about the process of learning and how we don’t just stop – we persist! After that, her mindset shifted and she kept trying.
Have you had conversations with your kids about success?
It's important we talk to kids about the work we put into being successful. Success doesn't happen without hard work, mistakes and - well the list is endless. If we don’t have conversations with our kids about the process of learning, they won’t know that success comes from hard work. It’s easy for anyone to see the end result of something and never think about all the work that goes into it beforehand.
To promote life long learners, we need to have those conversations and empower our kids to take risks and learn new things. It’s through the whole learning process, good and bad, that we expand our minds and grow.
Until next time,
I’m naturally shy around people I don’t know. It usually takes me a little while to warm up and get comfortable. So if you asked me to blog and network online with other educators, a year ago, I probably would have freaked out. The weird part is, it has been something I’ve secretly wanted to do for a few years but it just didn’t work out when I tried. Something I’ve done though is blog for my parents at school but I haven’t done is blog for myself.
Through my research, both professionally and personally, I have begun to see some connections. The other night, the concept of trust hit me and really made me think deeply about it. So I am trusting and posting my thoughts on this....
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In Chapter 1, innovation is defined as a way of thinking that creates something new and better. What are some examples that you consider innovative? How is it new and better than what previously existed.
When I implement something, I implement it because I feel it will be beneficial for my students.
Lately, I've spent a lot of time researching the design thinking process. Through my research, I have found different formats to the design thinking process and each one having its own unique twist. Me being me - I liked a little bit of all - so I merged them together and made my own.
Below is a picture that describes the current design process I am using with a few of my students.